Thursday, November 6, 2008

On Veterans Day, A General Joins PFLAG to Denounce "Don't Ask"

Major General Dennis Laich, USA (Ret.), one of more than 50 retired senior military officers to publicly call for an end to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual troops, will speak on Veterans Day to PFLAG's Dayton, Ohio chapter. MG Laich will be the keynote speaker for the chapter's monthly meeting, which will be held at 7:30pm at Cross Creek Community Church, located at 667 Miamisburg-Centerville Road. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Laich recently joined dozens of other military leaders in issuing a joint statement calling on Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which has resulted in the discharge of more than 12,000 men and women since its implementation in 1993.

“… It is not the place of the military or those in senior leadership to make moral judgments," the letter read in part.

Their statement represented the greatest number of military leaders to simultaneously call for repeal. Those signing the letter join other respected military leaders, such as retired Joint Chiefs Chairman John Shalikashvili and retired Army Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy, in calling for an end to the law.

One million lesbian and gay Americans are veterans of the armed forces, and an estimated 65,000 gay troops are currently serving in the United States military.

For more information on MG Laich's Veterans Day address to PFLAG, visit our Dayton chapter on the web.

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